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CEO of CoinDesk on the Current State of Blockchain

Kevin Worth, CEO of the leading digital media, events and information services company for the crypt asset and blockchain technology community, visited Lehigh University to talk to Lehigh FinTech Group members on the current state of blockchain. Prior to CoinDesk, Kevin had leadership roles at Bloomberg Media, NY Times, and was the founding CEO of The Deal. Kevin graduated from Harvard Business School in 1997 and Lehigh University in 1991. 
Each year, CoinDesk hosts its annual Consensus Summit, the largest blockchain technology gathering in the world. In addition, CoinDesk puts out a consensus report about the current state of blockchain which describes the progress it has made over the previous year. In that, CoinDesk's goal is to inform the masses about what blockchain really is and how it is revolutionizing everyone's lives.

The report initially compares year to date returns of tradition assets vs. digital assets. While traditional assets such as global real estate, gold, U…
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General Consul to Israel speaks on Business and Tech

Dani Dayan, ambassador to Israel from New York, arrived at Lehigh University to discuss his role as being a liaison between the U.S. and Israeli government in business and technological matters.  He started speaking to Lehigh FinTech Group members on how he ended up in Israeli politics. Originally born and raised in Buenos Aires in Argentina, Dayan dreamed of moving to a big city that would be active 24/7. When he was just 15 years old, Dayan and his family moved to Tel Aviv to start a new life. At the time, he was not so impressed with the city as Tel Aviv never used to be very fast paced. Though, as he continued his education in Tel Aviv, the city began to become a hub for business and startup culture.

He discussed that Israelis have a very entrepreneurial mindset, one that gives the Silicon Valley a run for its money as Israel has the most new startups compared to any nation. Dayan talked about an Israeli startup that came up with a self circumcision tool for anyone to use. He joked…

Lehigh FinTech Group co-hosts WUFT Hacks 2018

Members of the Lehigh FinTech Group, a new student-run organization, won 1st place and totaled $7,500 in prize money at WUFT Hacks 2018, University of Pennsylvania’s first-ever fintech hackathon, that took place from February 2nd to 4th. The event featured sponsorship from TD Bank, Virtusa and Tradeweb.

Lehigh FinTech Group joined efforts with Wharton Undergraduate FinTech Group (WUFT), and Def Hacks Inc., to compile a delegation of 150 students out of 600 original registrants for a 36-hour hackathon. In addition to Lehigh University and University of Pennsylvania, students hailed from Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, and New York University. TD Bank, Virtusa and Tradeweb funded over $10,000 in prize money to award to the winning teams.

While some teams were comprised of students that had extensive coding experience, most had several members that had little to no coding ability. Once teams were formed, they had the option of choosing between two prompts provided by TD Bank. The first prompt …